Thursday, December 26, 2013


A Season without Rain by Joe Schwartz

Title: A Season Without Rain
Author: Joe Schwartz
Genre: Fiction
Length: 348 pages
Release Date: November 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1493513390
Imprint: GMTA Publishing

Book Description
Jacob Miller is angry with himself, the world, and God. Life seems so unfair, so cruel, that he can’t imagine why anyone even tries. After having a nervous breakdown, selling his business, filing for bankruptcy, having a baby, and finding out he owes over twenty grand in taxes, he is hardly happy to be alive.
In the span of a year, Jacob will discover three very important things about life. Things can always be worse. There really is a God. And if you wait long enough anything can change.
A Season Without Rain explores that gray area between poverty and middle class life, the struggling underclass for whom there are no advocates. A powerful story told in a modern, everyday voice that will entrench readers in Jacob Miller’s black world of anger, hate, resentment, lies, and violence.
A Season Without Rain is Joe Schwartz’s first novel. His previous short story collections Joe’s Black T-Shirt, The Games Men Play, and The Veiled Prophet of St. Louis have been acclaimed vulgar as Bukowski and visceral as Carver. Joe lives and works in St. Louis happily writing stories exclusively about the Gateway City.


About the Author
Joe Schwartz
A St. Louis native, I write exclusively about the Gateway City. I prefer the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction. That is my stories protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either illicit or illegal means. I personally prefer stories told through a criminal's point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates me so much as the motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such actions. Just as I have an expectation of writing to be read I believe that it is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a disappointment.
Life is short. Stories are forever. –Joe
Connect with Joe
Links to buy the novel:
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A Season without Rain's Tour Dates

Wednesday the 4th of December Crossroad Reviews  A spotlight with Jessica

Friday the 6th December:  Paperback Hero Aaron  Spotlight and Guest post with Aaron

Tuesday the 10th December: The One Saga  Spotlight and Interview with Matthew

Wednesday 11th December Donna Spotlight with Donna

Thursday the 12th December: Adrienne Woods Review and spotlight with Adrienne

Tuesday the 17th December:  Indie Author: How To Spotlight and Excerpt with Kisha

Thursday 19th December: Have You Heard Book Review Spotlight and Guest post with Melanie

Tuesday the 24th December: From the Land of Empyrean Spotlight and Guest Post with Mark

Thursday the 26st December: The Dragonian Series Spotlight with Adrienne

Tuesday the 31st December: Fantasy Ultimate  Spotlight and Guest post with Grace

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

GMTA VIRTUAL TOURS PRESENTS: Spotlight and Giveaway for Amysthyst Eyes by Debbie Brown

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Title: Amethyst Eyes
Author: Debbie Brown
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: 242 pages
Release Date: November 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1493513284
Imprint: Mythos Press

The biggest thing on 15-year-old Tommy's mind is convincing Mom to let him go to the drive-in, but when an accident claims his mother's life and puts him in the hospital, the arrival of his estranged, alien father brings more changes than he had bargained for. It doesn't take his father long to figure out that Tommy knows nothing about who or what he is. Without any explanation, Tommy finds himself onboard his father's spaceship where he is forced to trust a man he does not know in a world he knows even less about.
Adapting to his new life seems overwhelming, and his father's solution may prove to be Tommy's finest challenge yet...Jayden. A few months younger than Tommy, high strung and always in a mood, the doctor's daughter definitely didn't like being 'told' to help Tommy fit in. Jayden is not the most welcoming or patient of tutors, let alone a friend. As fate would have it, Tommy quickly learns that none of these things compare to the peril that comes from being born with amethyst eyes.
Links to purchase:


About the Author:
Over the years I have worked as a nurse, a school teacher, a martial arts instructor, baseball, figure-skating and gymnastics coach as well as an artist, selling my paintings in an art gallery. I have been part of an orchestra, flown planes and gone on wilderness hikes. I am an officer in the Canadian Forces, and though I have taught on different military bases, for now I work primarily with cadets. Writing full time is my next goal.
Here is where you can connect with Debbie
Amethyst Eyes Tour Dates:
 Tuesday the 3rd of December Fantasy Ultimate Spotlight and Guest post with Grace
Thursday the 5th December: From the Land of Empyrean Spotlight and Guest Post with Mark

Tuesday the 10th December: Indie Author: How To  Spotlight and Guest post with Kisha
Wednesday the 11th December: Deborah Jay  Excerpt and Spotlight with Deborah
Thursday the 12th December: The One Saga Spotlight and Interview with Matthew
Friday the 13th December: Paperback Hero Aaron  Spotlight and Guest post with Aaron
Wednesday 18th December: The Dragonian Series Spotlight with Adrienne
Thursday 19th December: Donna Spotlight With Donna
Tuesday the 24th December: Crossroad Reviews Spotlight with Jessica
Thursday the 26st December: Have You Heard Book Review Spotlight and Guest post with Melanie

Tuesday the 31st December:  Adrienne Woods Review and Spotlight



Friday, December 6, 2013

Making Connections Presents Fix Force by Jason Warne

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Title: Fix by Force
Author: Jason Warne
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by Westbow Press
ISBN: 1449739385 (ISBN13: 9781449739386)
edition language:  English
Book Description:
Spencer doesn’t have a choice.He can’t choose to be different than what he is–the son of
the town’s worst enemy, the weakling who can’t stand up for himself, the loser without friends.He can’t change the way things are.Or maybe he can.Immediate confidence.Rapid change.Instant hope.These are the things Spencer believes he needs to fix his life, and that is what the steroids promise–a quick fix.But promises can be broken and shortcuts are often treacherous, and Spencer must decide if those risks are worth the perceived rewards–if “artificial” hope is strong enough for him to be fixed, by force

AW:              Please tell us a bit about yourself and back ground?

JW:  Well I grew up in chilly Michigan where I guess you could say I spent a good deal of the long winters inside, as I was never too fond of the cold or snow! But it was during those times when I'd work on many artistic outlets which I enjoyed, drawing and writing being the activities of choice.

AW:              What inspired you to write this book?

JW:   I started writing Fix by Force as a lesson plan of sorts while I was a teacher for an alternative school. My aim was to engage my students in some reading and discussion that was more pertinent to their lives than most of our other literature, so I'd write a chapter or two each week and would read together with the class, then discuss, keeping the story's author a secret to insure honest feedback and engagement. 

AW:              Describe what the book/story is about?

JW: Fix by Force is mainly about choices, their consequences, and our responsibility in them. On the surface it clearly focuses on many aspects of growing up, including self-image issues, bullying, and drug abuse, but my hope for the story is that it's readers can focus on the deeper themes of our choices and, at the very least, reflect upon the the weight of those in our own lives.

AW:              Is there a message in this novel you want your readers to grasp?

JW: As with most books and most writers, I very much enjoy that readers can draw so many different messages out of the story and I hope that the book's themes can have a positive impact. I do think the aspect of choices, responsibility, and consequences are important themes to be gleaned, especially for younger readers.

AW:              What was the time frame for writing this book?

JW: Well, since I never quite “planned” on Fix by Force becoming a novel, but intended as a teaching tool, there was never much of a time frame for finishing. But all together, I'd say the book about 3 or 4 years from start to finish!

AW:               How did you came up with the title?

JW: I went through many titles during my agent and publisher queries, and finally settled on, Fix by Force, after reading one of my chapters aloud, when he injects the steroids for the first time, with hopes of fixing himself by use of drugs, of cheating, of force.

AW:              Who created your cover?

JW:  Well, believe or not, I did that! My publisher did create a draft cover that was quite good but not fully capturing the emotion of the moment I was trying to capture, so I had my younger brother, Mitchell pose as “Spencer” in my kitchen then edited in Photoshop.
                         AW:          Hardest part for writing this novel?
JW: Probably the emotional connection I have to Spencer, as I struggled with steroid use and abuse during my adolescence as well, thus, his emotions are very familiar and affecting, which both slowed and fueled my writing at times.

AW:              How did you find your publisher/agent - if self published, why did you choose to self publish?

JW: I chose the “self” version of a Thomas Nelson imprint, Westbow Press, due it's good name, reputation, and very solid marketing and exposure methods.

AW:          What was your biggest learning experience/surprise throughout your publishing process?

JW: Probably the difficulty in even finding willing readers in the industry. I suppose I knew about the log-jam of submissions prior to attempting to publish, but the swift, impersonal rejections that often came mere seconds after the submission was difficult to handle at times.

AW:          Do you have any other novels out there? If not, what's next?

JW: Sure do! Working on a Young Adult “super hero” speculative fiction novel at the moment called, “Remarkable”. I've been posting chapters to Wattpad for some time now.

AW:          When did writing become a passion?

JW: Probably when I realized what I could do with it, which was actually quite recently. Until then, writing was a hobby and something I hoped could eventually lead into a career (which I still hope for), but once I understood the positive impact my words could have on readers, THAT made it something worth being even more passionate about.

AW:          Any advice for other writers?

JW: I think that one of my story's characters can offer some of the best advice for writers—it was certainly something I believe I needed to remember. From Fix by Force page 170:

...writing a good story isn’t about trying to overextend your vocabulary or insuring that it’s grammatically or linguistically perfect. Too many writers waste time backspacing through mistakes and over-analyzing the appearance of the words they’ve written. A good story though, is just that, a GOOD STORY. It’s often written hastily and driven by emotion. It compels the reader to continue, and makes him feel like part of the experience. A good story, even complete fiction, delivers a truth of some kind . . . even if it’s one that the reader isn’t comfortable with. That’s why this is such a good story, because it’s written for the reader; it’s written so he keeps reading...

AW:          Anything you would like to say to your readers?

JW: Obviously, THANK YOU! And also, I'd like my readers to know that I really do wholly write for them. And I will continue to do so. I'll continue to strive for writing that's emotionally driven and purposed. That's as honest as I can be.

AW::          Favorite Authors?

JW: My favorite as far as the “emotional, honest” writing that I strive for myself, is probably Edgar Allen Poe. While some of his themes are sometimes uncomfortable for many readers, including myself, he seems to have held very little back, and that kind of writing reads as honest and unguarded, which allows me for fuller story immersion.

AW:          Favorite Books?

JW: 1984 and The Giver. I read both in early teen years and have been my favorites since. I'm a big fan of Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, as well.

AW:          Website(s) and social media links?

JW: A PDF of Fix by Force is always free at And I always appreciate friends and followers on goodreads and facebook, of course.

I also absolutely welcome and appreciate readers of the “super-hero” thriller I'm working on. Really think it's something readers will enjoy reading—know I'm having a blast writing it!


AW:          Where can people buy your novel?

JW: It's available through pretty much all online retailers, and can be found in just about any ebook format! Amazon probably has the most choices for purchase.

AW:          Something personal about yourself people may be surpriced to know?

JW: Hmm, not sure what about myself would surprise anyone! Suppose some may be somewhat surprised to know that I've acted a little, though that's the kind of surprise I generally keep secret, since my acting prowess is, well, “undeveloped” to say the least!

Gmta virtual tours present Firebolt Book 1 of The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods

Firebolt Book 1 of The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods
Title: Firebolt
Series: The Dragonian Series Book One
Author: Adrienne Woods
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: GMTA  Publishing – Mythos Press
Date of Publication: 20th November 2013
ISBN: 13: 978-1491244654
Number of pages: 289
Word Count: 95 000
Cover Artist: Mary Park and Kitty Bullard
Book Description
Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year-old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena is in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a prince wants Elena's heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh and the only way Elena's going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales. Now it's time for Elena to believe in...herself.

Author Bio:

I was born and raised in South Africa, where I still live with my husband, and two beautiful little girls. I always knew that I was going to be a writer but it only started to happen about four years ago, now I can’t stop writing.

In my free time, If I get any because Moms don’t really have free time, I love to spend time with friends, if it’s a girls night out, or just a movie, I’m a very chilled person.

My writing career is starting with Firebolt, book one with the Dragonian Series, there will be four books in total and two to three books that is about the stories taking place inside The Dragonian Series.

I do write in different Genres, I have a woman’s fiction called the Pregnancy Diaries, but it would be published under another name. And then I have a paranormal series, called the Watercress series. There are about ten novels in that one.
So, plenty of novels to come out, so little time.

I hope you are going to embrace the Dragonian Series as much as I loved writing them.

Connect with Adrienne

Twitter: erichb3
Goodreads: Adrienne Woods
Google+: Adrienne Woods

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Tour Dates
Firebolt Book 1 Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods
Monday the 9th of December: From the Land of Empyrean  Spotlight and Guest Post with Mark
Tuesday the 10th of December: Deborah Jay Excerpt and Spotlight with Deborah
Wednesday the 11th of December: Fantasy Ultimate Spotlight and Guest post with Grace

 Friday the 13th December: Book Lovers Paradise  Spotlight with Donna

Monday the 16th December: Have You Heard Book Review  Spotlight and Guest post with Melanie
Wednesday the 18th December: Cherese Vines Charming Words   
Friday the 20th December: Paperback Hero Aaron   Spotlight and Guest post with Aaron
Monday 23rd December: Indie Author How To   Spotlight and guestpost with Kisha
Tuesday 24th  December: One Saga The  Spotlight and Interview with Matthew
 Thursday 27th December. Crossroad Reviews
Friday 28th December: Reading in Twilight  Spotlight with Julianna